About the artist:
Eleanor Winter is a student of illustration from London. Both of her
parents worked at the British Museum when she was a child, so she was
always aware of its collections. She developed a particular interest in
the artefacts of Mesopotamia, and enjoys letting ancient art inform her
work. She often uses muted colours and rough edges in her work to
emulate aged artefacts.
About this work:
This piece was created as a
small picturebook and is based on the Mesopotamian myth Ishtar’s
Descent to the Underworld. The style is inspired by plaques in the
British Museum, particulary the Queen of the Night plaque. The
colours are similar to those used by Mesopotamian artists and craftsmen.
The tapered font is slightly reminiscent of cuneiform.